Big Rig; Big Damages
A big rig hauling Christmas packages flipped over in the Bay Area just six days before the holiday, killing the driver and scattering the gifts across the highway. The 26-year-old driver was part of a contract outfit transferring Sacramento-based packages to a U.S. Postal Service facility in San Jose.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 680 outside of Danville at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday the 19th. According to witnesses, the two-axel box truck was slowly drifting towards the right side of the road when it veered suddenly, hitting an abandoned minivan and then striking and crumbling a freeway sign before overturning.
First responders were initially able to rescue the trapped driver, extricating him from the crushed cab of his big rig. Emergency crews transferred him to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Driver Fatigue? Likely.
Authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. And while they have not released further details, it is likely driver fatigue played some role in the fatal accident.
While the majority of big rig truckers on highways operate responsibly and drive within their reasonable limits, driver fatigue remains a pressing concern. An average of 4,000 people die in big rig-related crashes every year, with driver fatigue being the leading cause. This is largely due to driving companies frequently encouraging operators to put in long hours without breaks. This is especially so during busy seasons. In fact, a Postal Service representative stated that the Monday of the aforementioned crash was the busiest mailing and shipping day of the year.
USPS Bay Area representatives were quick on the scene to recover the spilled mail. About 5 percent of the holiday packages were claimed unrecoverable or otherwise too damaged for delivery. The remaining holiday packages continued on to the San Jose facility.
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